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12:55 PM ET, November 20, 2020

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New York Post:
Sources: DOJ is investigating Penske Media's deal to acquire 80% of The Hollywood Reporter's parent, MRC; Penske also owns Variety, Deadline, and other outlets  —  The Department of Justice is investigating antitrust concerns surrounding Penske Media's deal to buy The Hollywood Reporter, The Post has learned.
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Wall Street Journal:
BuzzFeed has agreed to acquire Verizon Media's HuffPost in a stock deal, as part of a larger agreement to syndicate content on each others' platforms  —  New-media companies have been exploring mergers as they try to jumpstart growth  —  BuzzFeed Inc. has agreed to acquire Verizon Media's HuffPost …
Mike Fleming Jr / Deadline:
Sources: Disney weighs plans to release three films on Disney+ instead of as theatrical releases, following news that Wonder Woman 1984 will stream on HBO Max  —  EXCLUSIVE: No final decision has been made, but Deadline hears that the uncertainty of the future theatrical marketplace …
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Julia Alexander / The Verge:
Wonder Woman 1984, originally to be released in June, will simultaneously be released on Dec. 25 in US theaters and on HBO Max, with no added fee on HBO Max  —  One of 2020's last big movies will also be streamed  —  One of 2020's last big blockbusters, Wonder Woman 1984 …
Mark Jacob / Local News Initiative:
National digital networks are entering local media markets, including Open Campus, which helps fund higher ed reporters and has seven partners in six states  —  Axios, ProPublica, The Athletic and Chalkbeat Take Different Approaches to Going Local  —  National digital news organizations …
Ashley King / Digital Music News:
With Twitch enforcing DMCA takedowns, CD Projekt Red is releasing its Cyberpunk 2077 game with a “streamer-friendly” mode that disables copyrighted music  —  The games industry is tackling DMCA takedowns on streaming platforms with a new ‘streamer-friendly mode.’
Discussion: GameByte, Polygon and ScreenRant
Michael Paulson / New York Times:
Stage actors' union has settled a dispute with SAG-AFTRA and will represent performers, as theaters have pivoted to streaming play productions  —  Actors' Equity and SAG-AFTRA's agreement clears the way for more entertainment during the pandemic winter.  —  Two major entertainment industry unions …
Mathieu Rosemain / Reuters:
Google says it has signed copyright agreements with six French newspapers and magazines, involving a way to pay publishers through Google News Showcase  —  PARIS (Reuters) - Alphabet's Google GOOGL.O has signed copyright agreements with six French newspapers and magazines …
Noam Scheiber / New York Times:
An influx of celebrities as podcast contractors at The Ringer raises concerns among staff; some say Bill Simmons has shown signs of trying to weaken their union  —  The influx of star podcasters looms over a dispute between the union and managers at the Spotify-owned digital media company founded by Bill Simmons.
 
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